Hoosiers Host No. 15 Aggies
December 4, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana men's swimming and diving team will continue its grueling schedule as it battles its fourth consecutive ranked opponent in No. 15 Texas A&M. The meet will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Despite a 1-4 record, the Hoosiers are still ranked 25th in the latest CSCAA poll. The Hoosiers have lost all four of its dual meets to teams currently ranked among the top 25 (No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 22 Kentucky.)
The Aggies return to Bloomington for the first time since the 2001-02 season. A&M competed in the Indiana Invitational and won the event, while the Hoosiers were second.
For complete men's swimming and diving notes click HERE.
Scouting Texas A&M
The Texas A&M Aggies come to Bloomington ranked No. 15 in the latest CSCAA poll. The Aggies are fresh off a Texas A&M Invitational victory two weeks ago. A&M also comes in with a perfect 3-0 record in dual meets this season.
At the Invite, A&M racked up 2,433 points, winning by more than 300 over second place and No. 24 Florida State. No. 11 Virginia was third. The Aggies also own victories over No. 17 Pittsburgh, 140.5-100.5, Penn State, 176-117, and Missouri, 177-118. A&M has two common opponents with the Hoosiers as IU battled both Pittsburgh and Missouri at the Indiana Invitational. The Hoosiers finished second to Pittsburgh, while Missouri was third.
A&M opened the season by taking second to defending national champion and No. 2 Texas in the Big 12 Relays. The Aggies out-scored Texas in the swimming events, 96-95, but lost the overall competition 109-105, with diving included.
Senior Matt Rose leads the Aggies. Rose swam a Canadian national record of 21.95 in the 50-meter freestyle, which converts to 19.67. The time is the best in the nation according to Taper & Shave this year. He also ranks second in the 100-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in the country.
Recapping the Indiana Invitational
The Hoosiers took second in the Indiana Invitational with 895 points behind No. 18 Pittsburgh. Missouri was third in the event at 645.5 points, followed by Michigan State (513), Cincinnati (332), Evansville (118), Kentucky (31) and Air Force (21).
Junior Murph Halasz claimed the 200-meter butterfly title at the Invite winning the event in a time of 2:01.47. The Richmond, Va., native also took second in the 100-meter butterfly with a season-best converted time of 49.32. In the 200-meter IM, Halasz was eighth.
Halasz teamed with senior Matt Leach, sophomore Kevin Swander and senior Mike Payne to win the 200-meter medley relay in a season-best converted time of 1:30.76.
The Hoosiers' 400-meter freestyle relay also won the Invite title with a season-best converted time of 3:02.92. The team consisted of junior Dave Winck, Payne, senior Claes Andersson and freshman Colin Russell.
Junior Ryan Fagan claimed the Hoosiers lone championship of the day, winning the one-meter springboard. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native won the event by the slimmest of margins, 1.15 points, with a score of 496.50.
IU placed four swimmers in the finals of both the 200-meter backstroke and the 50-meter freestyle. Sophomore Mike Jones led the way in the backstroke taking third. He was followed by junior Richard Bryant in fourth, Leach in fifth and freshman Ben Fay in sixth. In the 50-meter freestyle, Payne and Andersson led the way placing second and third, respectively, while Winck and freshman Kyle Ruth were seventh and eighth. The quartet teamed together to take second in the 200-meter freestyle relay with a season-best converted time of 1:22.98.
Bryant led the way for the Hoosiers in the 400-meter IM and the 1650-yard freestyle. He took second in the IM and fourth overall in the 1650. Junior Temujin Gold had a solid 1650 as he took sixth in the event. Winck was fifth in the 400-meter IM as the Hoosiers placed seven people in the top 16.
Swander and sophomore Hank Baldwin both had solid swims in the breaststroke events. Swander took fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. Baldwin took fourth in the 200 and seventh in the 100.
Freshman Colin Russell led the way for IU in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyles. Russell took second in the 200 and third in the 400. Bryant finished right behind his teammate in fourth in the 400-meter freestyle. Winck was the second Hoosier in the 200-meter freestyle, taking fourth.
Winck led the Hoosiers in the 200-meter individual medley with a season-best converted time of 1:53.16. He ended up fourth in the event.
The Aggies are coached by former Hoosier All-American Mel Nash. Nash is in his 24th season with A&M and has led the Aggies to top 25 finishes in the last seven NCAA Championships.
While at Indiana, Nash was a 15-time All-American from 1973-76. He is renowned as one of the most versatile swimmers in Hoosier history having earned All-America honors in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and on relays. Nash was a member of the Hoosiers 1973 National Championship team as well as four Big Ten Championship teams from 1973-76.
Despite, a 1-4 dual meet record, the Hoosiers could just as well be 4-1. In three of Indiana fours losses, the Hoosiers have lost the meet in the final relay. Indiana dropped a 119-112 meet at current No. 21 Kentucky. The Hoosiers then lost at then-No. 10 Wisconsin, 117-114, falling on the final 400-yard freestyle relay. On that relay, Wisconsin set the pool record and went what is currently ranked the second-fastest time in the country this season.
The Hoosiers lost in similar fashion to current No. 20 Northwestern, 148-140. The Hoosiers four losses have all come to teams ranked in the CSCAA's top 25 (No. 12 Tennessee, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 20 Northwestern and No. 21 Kentucky).
Halasz Sets High Marks
Junior Murph Halasz topped the University of Wisconsin Natatorium pool record in the 200-yard butterfly on Nov. 7. The Richmond, Va., native won the event by nearly a second in a time of 1:48.59.
Although he set the UW pool record, Halasz has gone faster in the 200 butterfly this season. The school record holder in the 200 fly went 1:48.45 against the Kentucky Wildcats. The time currently ranks 14th in the country this season.
At the Indiana Invitational, Halasz claimed the top spot in the 200-meter butterfly, while taking second in the 100-meter butterfly. His time converted in the 100 butterfly was a season-best at 49.32.
Strength of Schedule
The Hoosiers' dual meet schedule will be challenging in 2003-04. Of Indiana's 12 dual meet opponents, eight are currently ranked in the top 25 and one Invitational opponent is ranked in the top 25.
No. 6 Michigan, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 22 Iowa are still left on the Hoosiers' schedule. Indiana has already swum against then-No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 12 Tennessee and No. 16 Northwestern. The Hoosiers also fell at Kentucky, who is currently ranked No. 22, but was not ranked when the Hoosiers faced them.
At the Indiana Invitational, the Hoosiers finished second behind No. 17 Pittsburgh.
Hoosiers in the Nation's Quick 50 (as of Nov. 28)
400-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
800-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Medley Relay
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